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Neal is facing added charges

The King junior, academically ineligible to play this season, is arrested for allegedly stealing a car.

By MIKE READLING, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 30, 2002

TAMPA -- Just over a month before he was scheduled to stand trial on 13 charges related to an alleged summer car-theft spree, former King running back Raymond Neal was arrested on similar charges Thursday afternoon.

Neal, 17, was arrested after school when he tried to drive away in a Dodge Intrepid reported stolen earlier in the day.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Lt. Rod Reder said deputies received a tip the stolen car was in the King High parking lot and staked out the lot when Neal and two friends arrived to drive home.

Neal, who led all Hillsborough County rushers with 1,473 yards last season as a sophomore, tried to run from the deputies but was caught on foot in the RiverTree Apartment complex across the street from the school, Reder said.

Neal, who has been academically ineligible this season, was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center and will be charged with grand theft auto and resisting arrest without violence.

Those are in addition to charges filed against him when he was arrested June13 by Temple Terrace police after a rash of car thefts in area apartment complexes.

That arrest brought seven counts of burglary of a conveyance, four counts of petty theft and two counts of grand theft auto in the third degree. Neal, who pleaded innocent to all charges, is scheduled to be tried as an adult Dec. 2.

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